Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Halloween - The Night Stalker (1972)
It's a little over two weeks before Halloween and it's my favorite time of the year! For the next 15 days I will post movies that I loved as a kid (and still do). The first movie is none other than The Night Stalker, starring Darren McGavin as intrepid newspaper reporter Carl Kolchak.
This movie has a special place in my heart. ABC-TV promoted it all summer in 1972 for their upcoming fall season "Movie of the Week." I was 9 years old and was even at that early age a huge fan of horror movies. I waited, somewhat impatiently, all summer for the movie to finally be broadcast. Finally the day arrived.
Bear in mind, this was 1972. There were no VCRs, no cable. If you missed a movie the first time, you were just going to have to wait until the following summer when they re-broadcast it on re-runs.
So like I said, the day arrived. My parents, my brother Marvin, and I finished dinner. It was still 2 hours before the movie. I could barely contain myself.
Then, my brother went to turn on the TV. And nothing happened, except a loud pop. I didn't know what a heart attack was but I was pretty sure I was about to have one.
I was beside myself with disappointment, near tears. It wasn't fair. I had waited ALL SUMMER...
My mom to the rescue. She called the neighbor across the street, the Taylors, and asked if their daughters Sheree and Tracy would be watching The Night Stalker. Yes! And she asked if Marvin and I could come over and watch it with them since our TV went out.
Of course, they said. I would not be robbed of seeing this most awesome movie.
I have not outgrown watching The Night Stalker. It is a great made-for-TV movies. They used to make good made-for-TV movies. Long before people settled for cookie cutter comedies and "reality TV." Before HBO, before cable, long before Netflix.
I would suggest you try to evoke the wonder and awe of a 9 year old if you've never seen this movie before. Then again, it's not really necessary. It's an awesome movie. One thing, though. Please draw the curtain and turn out the lights!